Monday, January 28, 2013

My plank wall, finally

Am I the only one who's been drooling over all the plank walls that pop up daily on Pinterest? I had plank walls pinned for forever, and a couple of months ago, showed it to hubby, totally expecting him to shoot it down (we don't exactly have the same decorating style. I like awesome stuff, and he likes the exact opposite). But somehow, we both agreed on this idea. Our finished project?

Before I started, I already knew the perfect wall for it. It's in our kitchen, viewable from the living room thanks to a very open floor plan. Most of the walls I saw online were either all white, or all wood tone. I wasn't sure which way to go, so thanks to the magic that is photoshop, I shopped them both up. 

First, I tried it with natural planks, but
there wasn't enough personality for me.

Yup, not feeling the white either. Yuck. 

So I talked to hubby about doing a mix of boards, almost like we found pieces of wood, each one a different paint/stain, and he agreed it was the personality I was looking for. 

There are enough plank tutorials online that I'm not going to walk you through every single step. Cut the wood, work your paint magic, nail it up. But a couple of helpful tips for ya. I got my wood at Home Depot, I believe it was called plywood sheeting. Anyway, it was $11-13 a sheet. Now, I will say to either A. pre-measure and make sure you buy enough wood in the first place, or B. pay attention to what wood you bought the first time so you can buy the same kind the next time. I did not buy enough wood the first time, so when I went back and got one more sheet, it was slightly thinner than my first set. But I rolled with it, and figured if I was going for the "reclaimed wood" look, then having them be different thicknesses wasn't a huge deal. You can kind of see it in this pic, the darker wood from the lower left corner, under the long, natural color plank is slightly thicker. But hey, we're going to roll with it. 

My boards were cut at 5 inches, across the 4 foot wide side (the wood I bought was 4x8). Now, it might be up to your Home Depot employee if they'll cut it at 5 inches. Their safety rules say that they can't, but after talking to a few employees, it basically came down to the employee and if they wanted to or not. 

I did not use any glue on this, figuring that if we ever got tired of it, or sold the house, I didn't want the wall to be ruined. What I did do is use screws and nails on each corner, and then I did a line of finishing nails where the studs were. Since it's cheaper wood, it did have a bit of a bow to it. No biggie. 

If you're totally organized, you could probably lay out all the wood in your garage, figure where each color should be, paint/stain/sand all the boards at one time, and then nail them up on the wall. I do not, however, work like that. I would do one line at a time, figure out what color I'd need next, and then paint/sand/stain/whatever. I did a mix of stained boards, boards left natural, some painted, some painted and sanded. Some of the boards came with some letters stamped on the wood, and yup, I left those on there. Plus, any of the wood that had knots in it I put knot side up. Again, personality and texture, right?

I do have one more thing to do to make this space "done". I bought this light fixture, and just need to have someone install it. Someone, meaning not me, since I want to move it over 6 inches so it's centered over the table, and ya know, don't want to get electrocuted or burn the house down. We're going for an "industrial chic" vibe in the house, so I thought this was perfect. 

And what's a good blog post without a photobomb by a certain husband when you're trying to take pics....


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Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said... [Reply to comment]

It looks great! I love the plank walls too, but I was worried about how many people were dismantling pallets. I never felt those were safe enough for a whole wall of a house. This was a great way to get all that character. Love it!

Sam | Away She Went said... [Reply to comment]

It looks great! I love plank walls, but I'm too lazy to put one up in my own house, so I'll just admire yours. That light fixture is going to look great in there! You'll have to post a picture once it's hung.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE THE PLANK WALL, Im sure it took a long time to do but it turned out beautiful, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

This is so rad! Never seen anything like it!

Janice said... [Reply to comment]

That looks SO good!

and "I like awesome stuff, and he likes the exact opposite" made me lol.

Rhiannon said... [Reply to comment]

ooh i love it! feel free to come to my house and do this for me too! I want like a jade green color instead of the blue. You come and do it and I'll put you up and feed you :-) hehehe

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE the personality of the mixed colors of this wall. It turned out awesome! Glad your hubby agreed with your good taste :-) Thanks for sharing!

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Eventually...I want one too!
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the cape on the corner said... [Reply to comment]

that is so stinkin' good! love the interest with the different colors/stains.

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said... [Reply to comment]

That's soooo awesome! I love how you mixed it up with the different colors. Looks absolutely amazing!!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome job. I tried to get my sister to do something similar in her house but she is obviously not as cool as you. I think it looks great. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up.

Emily Eisert said... [Reply to comment]

I love, love, love this! The colors are awesome! Now, where can I put a plank wall.... :)

The Clay Trowel said... [Reply to comment]

honestly, that looks AWESOME! I love the multi toned final look - it's very cool :-)

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Ummm I love this times 10. Seriously I would love to do this to our main feature wall in our bedroom! This turned out amazing.

An Inviting Home said... [Reply to comment]

I love the look of turned out great! Awesome job!


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I have no idea how you can do these things with 4 kids! you're wonder-woman!!?!?!?!?!!?!!!

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Great job and congratulations on making it as a finalist! Best of luck!

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke said... [Reply to comment]

fabulous!!! i love all the different colors, and like how you typed on the image to share how you did each, clever;) i am not organized enough to plan ahead, either;) congrats on creating with the stars!! i was a contestant 2 years ago and it was really fun;)

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Jedi Craft Girl said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! I LOVE your project. I am looking around my house for a space to put such a project!! Thanks for inspiring!!

Mandy said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful! I love that wall! Wish we weren't renting a house so I could do some projects like this! I would love to do this someday when we return back to the states. Great job!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

finally popping over and commenting because WOW. This was awesome. I love all of the different finishes, your high ceilings, and the photo bombing husband at the end (I have had to delete way too many pics because of this...).

Glad you're in the competition too, awesome job on Round 1, can't wait to find out which is yours this round! :)

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That is totally stunning. A real show-stopper. Are you for hire? I am seriously gonna do this when I have my beach couldn't have been more spot-on with your color choices and distribution. Mega talent!

cynthia at herlovelynest said... [Reply to comment]

Jen this is simply fantastic! I adore the mixed style too and it totally those little pops of turquoise. nice job guys!

RyTy said... [Reply to comment]

Just catching up on my blogs and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this!! We are doing a pallet wall soon and this has added to our brainstorming ideas. It looks so fantastic!! Love the light too!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I love this wall & I am in the process of convincing my husband we need something like it in our kitchen ;) How many sheets did you end up buying for just this section of wall? Thank you, Tiffany

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Sweetest! :) great effect!

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woooow! such a cute idea!

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What type of paint and sanding method did you useß

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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

WOW. What a great project. I'm definitely gonna tell my wife about. Right after i finish carpet cleaning a few houses.

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Totally Stunning!! I like the design and the coloring of the walls. Really a nice attempt and it grabs attention. Really nice to share this blog with us. Thanks and keep updating more useful posts.

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Taleah Beecher said... [Reply to comment]

if just doing one colour would it be wise to stain/paint once the planks are up? or is it better to do before?

Pam said... [Reply to comment]

Love did such a great job. Wanting to take the chair rail down and do this from that point down. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Quick question . . . how long are your boards? Your wall turned out great!


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